Maniflowba- The Search for Dream Wave. FULL PHOTOS

June 05, 2017  •  2 Comments

Epic Northern lights at hour 35 of the driveEpic Northern lights at hour 35 of the drive

A highlight trip for me in 2016, a trip that was years in the making, uncertain from the outset but once we set off was better than all of my dreams.  I wanted to try and put the trip into words but there aren't enough adjectives in the dictionary. I decided to just publish my highlight reel photos as a kind of essay on the journey.  The gallery is in roughly chronological order, somewhat.  Through the course of 12 days I took over 3000 images and whittled them down to this set of just over 100 of my favourites.  Hopefully I will be able to write something down about it eventually but for now enjoy these images, let me know if you love them or hate them.  Prints available? Maybe someday...

 

The trip was supported in part by Ottawa Kayak School/Wilderness Tours who helped us with gear, a vehicle and getting out there.  Thanks for the help!

Pre-trip planning before leavingPre-trip planning before leaving UncertaintyUncertainty Satellite image inspectionSatellite image inspection Optimism on the never ending driveOptimism on the never ending drive 27 hours driving, finally in Manitoba. Still 10 hours driving to go.27 hours driving, finally in Manitoba. Still 10 hours driving to go. Food prepFood prep Liquor prepLiquor prep Second epic sunset of the drive thereSecond epic sunset of the drive there sunset stokesunset stoke LP Rivest Pensive at the Put inLP Rivest Pensive at the Put in Prepping the boatsPrepping the boats Prepping the motorsPrepping the motors Prepping the foodPrepping the food RiggingRigging Boats packed, ready to leave Cross lake, Manitoba.Boats packed, ready to leave Cross lake, Manitoba. Boat fortressBoat fortress Send off meal from the People of Cross LakeSend off meal from the People of Cross Lake SmileSmile Rowing outRowing out Tom Paterson horsing around at the last bridge we will see for two weeksTom Paterson horsing around at the last bridge we will see for two weeks Dane Jackson TrollingDane Jackson Trolling Crossing some flat water lakesCrossing some flat water lakes Joel Kowalski CastingJoel Kowalski Casting Kalob Grady taking a shift on the helmKalob Grady taking a shift on the helm White Mud fallsWhite Mud falls Bren Orton heading out for a scoutBren Orton heading out for a scout Looking for a portageLooking for a portage Scouting at Eve's fallsScouting at Eve's falls Lining the boats at Eve's fallsLining the boats at Eve's falls Lining the boats at Eve's falls  2Lining the boats at Eve's falls 2 Lining the boats at Eve's falls 3Lining the boats at Eve's falls 3 Camp 2.Camp 2. Dane getting his morning oatsDane getting his morning oats untitled-06425untitled-06425 Kalob Grady practicing with the shotgun incase of Moose attackKalob Grady practicing with the shotgun incase of Moose attack Benny Marr practicing good foot healthBenny Marr practicing good foot health Dirty FeetDirty Feet Huge Pelicans, everywhereHuge Pelicans, everywhere Launching thew drone (for almost the last time)Launching thew drone (for almost the last time) LP getting his first sight of Dream WaveLP getting his first sight of Dream Wave First raft descent of Dream wave rapidFirst raft descent of Dream wave rapid Bren Orton Heading down Dream wave rapid, first or second?Bren Orton Heading down Dream wave rapid, first or second? Hal Monkan modellingHal Monkan modelling Bren Orton catching airBren Orton catching air Benn Marr getting his first taste of Dream Wave airBenn Marr getting his first taste of Dream Wave air Kalob Grady catching his first surfKalob Grady catching his first surf Benny Marr describing the waveBenny Marr describing the wave Dane Jackson throwing this first aerialDane Jackson throwing this first aerial Benny Marr launchingBenny Marr launching Benny Marr getting invertedBenny Marr getting inverted Dane Jackson Dropping inDane Jackson Dropping in Kalob Grady getting hang timeKalob Grady getting hang time Parking the raftsParking the rafts The loading bayThe loading bay Sunset over the loading baySunset over the loading bay Dane Jackson taking it all inDane Jackson taking it all in First sunset at paradise campFirst sunset at paradise camp First Campfire at Dream campFirst Campfire at Dream camp First alternate spot campfire at dream campFirst alternate spot campfire at dream camp Tom Paterson Front flip at Dream WaveTom Paterson Front flip at Dream WaveInterested in Human Flight? Enjoy swimming? Yea I have a guy you can call about that. @freestyleriverboarding on custom @earthveins boards. That and some wild gymnastics abilities, sick swimming skills, and a seemingly fealess attitude that I still do not understand. // #travel #adventure #explore #fly #igers #instadaily #instawow #instagood #riverboarding #sonya6000 #freestyle Kalob and Dane stoked after build a huge driftwood fire for two hoursKalob and Dane stoked after build a huge driftwood fire for two hours Paradise Camp. Benny and David's tentParadise Camp. Benny and David's tent Fresh fishFresh fish untitled-08342untitled-08342 Delicious filletsDelicious fillets Tea time with Ben MarrTea time with Ben Marr When David Jackson is finished filletingWhen David Jackson is finished filleting David Jackson chiffon up another teaDavid Jackson chiffon up another tea Dane through the woodDane through the wood Hal and Benny Yoga timeHal and Benny Yoga time Dane soaringDane soaring Dane paddling out for another surfDane paddling out for another surf Tom throwing down as Benny watches onTom throwing down as Benny watches on Benny throwing down as Tom watches onBenny throwing down as Tom watches on Bren Orton rallying for another surfBren Orton rallying for another surf Kalob Grady with a dreamy pan amKalob Grady with a dreamy pan am Tom Paterson Can Can 1Tom Paterson Can Can 1 Tom Paterson Can Can 2Tom Paterson Can Can 2 Bren Orton STOKED!Bren Orton STOKED! A big crowd in the standsA big crowd in the stands Joel Kowalski watching his dream [wave] come trueJoel Kowalski watching his dream [wave] come true LP Dialling it inLP Dialling it in Early morning sun at Dream Wave 1Early morning sun at Dream Wave 1 Early morning sun at Dream Wave 2Early morning sun at Dream Wave 2 untitled-08920untitled-08920 Joel getting his fish onJoel getting his fish on Rod handsRod hands Bren grabbing that sunset light shot. #nophotoshopBren grabbing that sunset light shot. #nophotoshop Bren Orton laying out a fattyBren Orton laying out a fatty Stern Tap!Stern Tap! Benny Marr upside down againBenny Marr upside down again Paddling back inPaddling back in Joel Kowalski getting a ride in Hal's brokeJoel Kowalski getting a ride in Hal's broke Tom grilling Benny on ideas for his next trickTom grilling Benny on ideas for his next trick Kalob Grady Creek boat airscrewKalob Grady Creek boat airscrew Tom Paterson in beast modeTom Paterson in beast mode Paddling with Dolphins 1Paddling with Dolphins 1 Paddling with Dolphins 2Paddling with Dolphins 2 untitled-09328untitled-09328 Defying gravityDefying gravity Moon riseMoon rise Sun set at paradise campSun set at paradise camp Sport ShootingSport Shooting Faint northern lights at paradise campFaint northern lights at paradise camp Another of many campfiresAnother of many campfires medium northern lights over 'Boogie Board Bay'medium northern lights over 'Boogie Board Bay' Ben Marr flying at the last morning at Dream WaveBen Marr flying at the last morning at Dream Wave untitled-09626untitled-09626 Hal Monkman throwing HUGE at the last morning of Dream WaveHal Monkman throwing HUGE at the last morning of Dream WaveEver wondered about how to fly? I know some people you can talk to about it. This is Hal (OFTEN mistaken for @bennymrr ) he can fly. #fly #travel #adventure #explore #Manitoba #ManiFLOWba #igers #instadaily #instagood #instawow #picoftheday #fun #smile Packing up to leavePacking up to leave Joel Kowalski ready to peel outJoel Kowalski ready to peel out Not even the biggest wavesNot even the biggest waves Decompressing at the Air Cadet hut in Cross Lake, MBDecompressing at the Air Cadet hut in Cross Lake, MB Joel explaining where we went to an elder of the communityJoel explaining where we went to an elder of the community The same elder explaining to LP why more people should come to Cross LakeThe same elder explaining to LP why more people should come to Cross Lake A friendly bear we saw on the drive homeA friendly bear we saw on the drive home One of MANY gas stopsOne of MANY gas stops 40hr drive home life40hr drive home life LP Rivest throwing down as the fire ragesLP Rivest throwing down as the fire rages Joel hiking back up for his next rideJoel hiking back up for his next ride Dane getting aerialDane getting aerial Moody skies at dream waveMoody skies at dream wave Benny Marr in flight againBenny Marr in flight again Hal Monkan showing his signature Left Pan AmHal Monkan showing his signature Left Pan Am untitled-08193untitled-08193 Party surfingParty surfing Tom on his way up for another lapTom on his way up for another lap Dream Wave stokeDream Wave stoke Kalob Grady sending a big Flip TurnKalob Grady sending a big Flip Turn Prepping some good eatsPrepping some good eats


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Matias(non-registered)
Great storyboard!
Arija(non-registered)
Absolutely epic
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